Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Celebrates the 26th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala

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The 26th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala was held on Thursday, November 16th, 2023, at Cipriani 55 Wall Street in Manhattan. The annual fundraiser supports more than 60 scientists around the world funded by the Waxman Foundation.

The gala event raised over $3 million for Critical Cancer Research. In addition to their annual New York City gala, SWCRF holds an annual fundraising event in the Hamptons called Hamptons Happening.

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Highlights from the Collaborating for a Cure Gala

26th annual gala light sign
Credit: BFA / Rupert Ramsay

Additionally, dollars raised this year will help launch the Foundation’s newest initiative – the SWCRF Mission Possible Grants. These highly competitive projects will be focused on improving healthy longevity with less risk of cancer as we age. SWCRF plans to add five to six mission possible grantees to its growing, international network in 2024.

“The only way to end cancer as we know it, is by working together,” said Dr. Samuel Waxman. “This has been the SWCRF philosophy since its founding nearly 50 years. It is why our scientists are required to work with other labs, sometimes across oceans, in order to collaborate and speed up the pace of scientific breakthroughs. And it is why events like this gala are so important.”

Tedeschi Trucks
Tedeschi Trucks. Credit: BFA / Rupert Ramsay

The event was produced by Robin Lathrop of ByRobin Event Management and Design. This year’s gala featured a special live performance by Tedeschi Trucks “Fireside Live”.

The Collaborating for a Cure Gala included both a silent and live auction during the night’s festivities of which one of the highlights was a seven-day stay at a private villa in Tuscany for 18 guests.

There are several additional exclusive items available on for public participation until Wednesday, November 29th.

Event Honorees

Michael Nierenberg, Dr. Samuel Waxman
Michael Nierenberg and Dr. Samuel Waxman. Credit: BFA / Rupert Ramsay

This year’s event honored artist and humanitarian, Ariela Wertheimer, Guido Campello, co-CEO at Journelle, and first CEO of luxury lingerie brand Cosabella & Dr. Sapna Palep, co-CEO at Journelle, Founder of Spring Street Dermatology, Mt. Sinai Clinical Professor, and CBS New York News Anchor, Chris Wragge.

Notable Attendees

James Rutha, Jennifer Rutha, Sarah Wragge, and Chris Wragge
James Rutha, Jennifer Rutha, Sarah Wragge, and Chris Wragge. Credit: BFA / Rupert Ramsay

Notable attendees included SWCRF Founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Board Chairman Michael Nierenberg, honorees Ariela Werthiemer, Chris Wragge, Sarah Wragge, Dr. Sapna Palep and Guido Campello, emcee John Elliot, fashion designer Kobi Halperin, Tamir Gilat, Orital Karelic, Bobbie Lloyd, Mark Petraca and Robin Lathrop.

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